A Matsuzaka Monday
Here I am, in sunny Sarasota, ready to watch the latest nationally — and internationally — televised edition of the ongoing spring series called Dice-K Mania.
Can he build off that brilliant outing last time out against the Pirates? This will be his longest outing, expect it to be six innings or 95 pitches, whichever comes first.
I’m sure all of you are looking forward to the matchup between Matsuzaka and future Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. For my money, Griffey still has the sweetest swing in the game. Love watching him. Griffey is hitting cleanup. Big, bad Adam Dunn is hitting second. I’m sure we’ll feel the breeze from the press box on some of his swings and misses.
Alex Gonzalez is also in the lineup for the Reds, so we get our first Lugo-Gonzalez matchup.
Papelbon will pitch the seventh inning, followed most likely by Craig Hansen and Kyle Snyder.
As for the final pitching spots on the roster, Terry Francona would like to have it settled before the team leaves for Philadelphia on Thursday evening. As Tito himself put it, "We won’t be having a pitch-off in Philly."
ON that note, I’ll be back later.